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North Korea

Kim Jong-un’s Hostile Regime Arrests Fourth U.S. Citizen—and Christian—as Tensions Mount

It is highly possible the two professors were arrested for any work they were doing outside of the university that could have been perceived as having an agenda to proselytize North Korean citizens.
Teen suicide

Number of Teens and Children Admitted to Hospital Due to Suicide Attempts Doubled in...

New research indicates the rates of children discharged from the hospital with a diagnosis of suicidality or serious self-harm rose from 0.67 percent in 2008 to 1.79 percent in 2015.
Bible reading

Americans Like the Bible—They Just Don’t Read It

"Those with evangelical beliefs are more likely (49 percent) to read a little bit each day than those without evangelical beliefs (16 percent). Protestants (36 percent) are more likely to read every day than Catholics (17 percent)."
Johnson Amendment remains

Trump Uses National Day of Prayer to Launch Religious Freedom Executive Order

Trump held a special ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House to sign an executive order on religious freedom and “reaffirm the vital role that people of faith and institutions play in our nation.”

5 Things You Need to Know About 13 Reasons Why

"Parents, please do the necessary research and make a wise choice related to your teenagers or young adults watching this series."
Gay Bishop UMC

UMC’s First Openly Gay Bishop Ruled in Violation of Church Law

"I did not want to harm the church. I am out (as a lesbian) and I have been out since 1992 in my ministry. I didn’t want to be harm to anyone or be harmed,” Karen Oliveto says.
Church

Gallup Research: What Keeps People Coming Back to Church Week After Week Isn’t the...

According to the findings of a Gallup study, the people in our congregations are coming back week after week because of the sermons, and there are a couple key things they are looking for in those sermons.
Mandisa

Mandisa Shares Battle With Suicide on GMA: ‘God saved my life quite literally’

After a three-year battle with depression, Mandisa is back with a new album and new insight into the saving mercy of Christ.
South Africa

Massive National Day of Prayer Gathering in South Africa Draws Over 700,000 People

“Sir, I have a very stern word for you word from God: Put your own house in order before you try and help somebody else. Sir, if you’ve got nothing good to say about South Africa, then with due respect shut up! Let’s see this country change in a day,” evangelist Angus Buchan said.
Elevation Church

What Makes Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church So Popular and Yet So Controversial?

For some, Elevation's 17,000+ congregation is the paragon of church growth. For others, it's a leadership crisis waiting to happen.
Sarah Bessey, women

The Hashtag #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear Blew Up Twitter and Pointing Out Misogyny in the Church

Dress modestly because men are too weak. Also men are in charge of you because they are spiritually superior #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear
Indonesia Ahok

For One Brief Moment in History, Indonesia—the World’s Largest Muslim Nation—Had a Christian Governor

"He is a good man. He has served the people of Jakarta so well. He is now being defamed. Oh my God, it's so hard."
Trump inauguration

Did Trump’s Election Drive Greater Numbers of People Out of the Church?

Whether it was commenting on Hillary Clinton’s voting record or Trump’s leaked audio clip in which he jokes about sexual assault, pastors have increasingly felt themselves pulled into the political fray.
Amazing Grace: The Power of Forgiveness in the Time of Grief

Children of Slain Robert Godwin Display Forgiveness of Jesus in CNN Interview

This type of forgiveness can only come from the power of Jesus Christ.
spiritual but not religious

What Does the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’ Crowd Actually Believe?

This isn’t the first time Christianity has interacted with an SBNR group, and it likely won't be the last.
Easter ISIS

This Is How Christians in the Middle East Celebrated Easter in Spite of ISIS

"Isis is clearly offended by the cross,” Jeremy Courtney explains. Wherever they go, they spray paint X-es over it or shoot it up with their guns.
Robert Bentley

Ousted Alabama Governor Robert Bentley Is No Stranger to the Southern Baptist Church

“It just shows that any governor who serves two terms and can leave office without scandal has really accomplished something in Alabama.”
Simone Biles

Simone Biles’ Dance to ‘Good, Good Father’ Is Incredibly Personal and God-Focused

This Olympian just brought Father God into the spotlight on the television show "Dancing With the Stars," and it was stunning.
The Case for Christ

In a Culture Wary of Fake News, ‘The Case for Christ’ Rings True

According to the movie’s website, it has received an A+ rating from CinemaScore—an accomplishment only two movies a year, on average, achieve.
Egypt

If You Are a Christian in Egypt, You Are Used to Terrorism—But That Doesn’t...

"Every church in Egypt just prepares for this. Everyone knows that some time you will get bombed, you will be killed."
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Latest News

Abortion Numbers at Lowest Level Since 1973

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute indicates the number of abortions obtained in the U.S. between 2014 and 2017 have dropped 7% and are continuing along a downward trajectory that started in 1980.

New Podcasts

Mark Sayers: An Anxious, Post-Christian Culture Is Longing for Hope

Mark Sayers says, “What’s happening is the secular story itself is actually beginning to have its moment of doubt.” Mark is the senior leader of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia, and this week on our podcast he shares how living in our current culture gives us a unique opportunity to offer people hope.

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